You've heard it said that real courage is when you're scared but go ahead and do what you have to do anyway. But why would someone who's afraid of spiders became a bug scientist? Retired spider researcher Richard Vetter took a survey of entomologists and found 41 who are afraid of spiders.
They gave several reasons for their arachnophobia. Some think they have too many legs, even though they have no problem with centipedes. Others are leery of spider bites, although they happily work with bees that sting. Luckily, these scientists focus their research on arthropods they are more comfortable with. Read some of the experiences that turned entomologists off spiders at Inkfish, which could possible be disturbing, but will more likely make you laugh. -via Not Exactly Rocket Science